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Professor Dennis Dalton, Ph.D.

Professor Dennis Dalton
  • Barnard College, Columbia University
  • University of London
There is such a thing as unity of being, and that the highest truth is when we manage, as individuals, to perceive oneself in all being. Once that is achieved, once the separateness is overcome, then illusions will be overwhelmed as well.

Dr. Dennis Dalton is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University. He earned his B.A. from Rutgers University, his M.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. in Political Theory from the University of London.

Professor Dalton has edited and contributed to more than a dozen publications and has written numerous articles. He is the author of Indian Idea of Freedom and Mahatma Gandhi: Nonviolent Power in Action. His fields of interests include classical and modern, Western, and Asian political theory; politics of South Asia, particularly the Indian nationalist movement; nonviolence and violence in society; and ideologies of modern political movements in Europe, India, China, and Africa.

Dr. Dalton served as a review editor for the Journal of Developmental Studies (London) and as a U.S. correspondent for the South Asian Review (London). He is a member of both the American Political Science Association and the Association for Asian Studies.

Professor Dalton has been honored with numerous teaching awards, scholarships, and grants, including the Barnard College Margaret Mead Award 2009 for Distinguished Teaching, the 2008 Barnard Commendation for Excellence in Teaching, a grant from the American Council of Learned Societies, a senior fellowship with the American Institute of Indian Studies, and a Gandhi Peace Foundation Grant.


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5 Courses

  1. 36 Books That Changed the World Collection

    36 Books That Changed the World

    Dennis Dalton, Ph.D.
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    Since the development of written language, books have played major roles in the world: Entertaining. Instructing. Inspiring. Even changing the course of history. Now, with 36 Books That Changed the World, a fascinating Great Courses Collection crafted from our extensive library of courses, take a riveting tour of the profound impact of books from thousands of years of history and from civilizations around the globe.
  2. Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition

    Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition

    Dennis Dalton, Ph.D.
    Starting at $349.95 Starting at $349.95 $699.95 $349.95$699.95
    This course brings together 12 professors for 84 lectures on more than 60 of the most important thinkers in history. Enjoy the benefit of learning from the finest scholar-teachers active today while you study the key ideas of influential philosophers from the pre-Socratics to the Postmodernists. The curriculum is comprehensive, incisive, and thought-provoking—in short, an intellectual experience to be...
  3. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History Collection

    36 Revolutionary Figures of History

    Dennis Dalton, Ph.D.
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    Alexander the Great. Jesus. Darwin. Churchill. These are just a few of the revolutionary individuals who have transformed our world in ways that still resonate today. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History is a unique collection of 36 lectures from our extensive course catalog—one that takes you across time and around the globe to offer piercing insights into some of history’s most transformative figures.
  4. Power over People: Classical and Modern Political Theory Sale

    Power over People: Classical and Modern Political Theory

    Dennis Dalton, Ph.D.
    Save up to $205.00 Starting at $29.95 $49.95 $29.95$49.95
    This course contrasts two conflicting views that have long shaped political theory and practice—idealism and realism. The debate between them starts with the origins of philosophy in ancient India and Greece, and can be traced right through to the 20th century’s most extreme examples of idealism and realism, Gandhi and Hitler.
  5. Freedom: The Philosophy of Liberation

    Freedom: The Philosophy of Liberation

    Dennis Dalton, Ph.D.
    Starting at $89.95 Starting at $89.95 $89.95 $89.95$89.95
    In Freedom: The Philosophy of Liberation, Professor Dennis Dalton explores the meaning of freedom—perhaps the most powerful idea to have inspired mankind throughout the ages. His lectures are a guided tour along the byways of the philosophy of liberation, beginning with its ancient roots and ending in 20th-century America. As you travel throughout history, you follow the professor toward personal liberation and...